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Pro­moted Cadiz stun Real; Barca suf­fer shock loss

- Sports · Soccer · La Liga (Spain) · Cadiz · FC Barcelona · Madrid · Spain · Spain national football team · Real Madrid F.C. · Barcelona · Zinedine Zidane · Ronald Koeman · Getafe CF · Getafe · Lionel Messi · Sergio Ramos García · Atlético de Madrid · Celta de Vigo · Vigo · Luis Suárez

Madrid, Spain - Real Madrid and Barcelona will each head into the Cla­sico next week­end on the back of a de­feat af­ter La Liga's two ti­tle favourites were pun­ished for slack per­for­mances on Satur­day.

Zine­dine Zi­dane made four sub­sti­tu­tions at half-time but could not spark a lethar­gic Madrid into life as his team fell 01 at home to newly-pro­moted Cadiz. Then two hours later on the op­po­site side of the city, Ron­ald Koe­man tasted his first com­pet­i­tive loss as coach of Barcelona as they fol­lowed Madrid's ex­am­ple by be­ing beaten 1-0 by Getafe at the

Coli­seum Al­fonso Perez.

Madrid's was per­haps the more con­cern­ing dis­play, the reign­ing cham­pi­ons man­ag­ing just two shots on tar­get against Cadiz, who could have scored more af­ter An­thony Lozano's early strike.

But Barca were not much bet­ter, with Lionel Messi strangely quiet and the team fail­ing to re­bound af­ter Jaime Mata's penalty gave Getafe the lead in the sec­ond half.

For Madrid, there was an in­jury con­cern too as Sergio Ramos spent the sec­ond half in the stands with ice strapped around his left knee.

Even if Barcelona were un­able to cap­i­talise, Atletico Madrid had ear­lier beaten Celta Vigo 2-0, with Luis Suarez open­ing the scor­ing at Balai­dos.

"There is no ex­pla­na­tion," said Zi­dane. "If they scored two or three goals in the first half, we couldn't have com­plained. There are no ex­cuses."

This is Cadiz's first sea­son in the top flight in 14 years and their first vic­tory over Real Madrid in 29. Their re­ward is sec­ond place in the ta­ble, de­nied top spot by their op­po­nents only due to goal dif­fer­ence.

Atletico climb to fourth, two points be­hind Real Madrid and one ahead of Barcelona. Celta, mean­while, sit 13th.

 ??  ?? Cadiz's An­thony Lozano (left) vies with Real Madrid's Raphael Varane dur­ing the Span­ish League game on Satur­day
Cadiz's An­thony Lozano (left) vies with Real Madrid's Raphael Varane dur­ing the Span­ish League game on Satur­day

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